I recently collaborated with International Swimwear Label Plumeria Swimwear. Owner Gabrielle seemed professional and sweet. After a few emails it didn’t take us long to come up with a design style for her next collection.
I hand painted each flower and leaf to this print design individually, allowing me to place them creatively and as I chose. As you can see, the design (like most of my others) Is symmetrical. I think that is one of the things that makes this design even more special.
As well as the print, I love the bikini design as it is different and makes the swimsuit even more unique.
To view my Britt Laspina print for Plumeria Swimwear, or to view their other amazing products visit their website at: www.plumeriaswimwear.com/shop
I flew down to Sydney for a few design meetings and while I was there, attended the MTV Summer Party. I had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Westin, I would be lying if I said it wasn't the highlight of my trip.
I dare say, half the fun of attending these events is getting ready. I love all things hair and make up, so of course was delighted to do my own. I wore a Zimmerman Dress and went with a heavy contoured, Chanel gold glittery eye and bold lipped look.
Pictured: Tatjana and I, Photo Courtesy of MTV Australia.
Tatjana, Imogen Anthony (Kyle Sandilands GF) and I.
The event was packed full of excited Sydney siders and I had the pleasure of meeting YouTuber and Social Eyelash Owner Karissa Pukas.
My gorgeous Friend Tatjana Catic, Model and Blogger arrived to Australia for the first time a few months ago. I was delighted to have her stay with me at my Hilton Apartment on the Gold Coast, and of course show her around. We spent our first few days relaxing by the pool and had the pleasure of being looked after by Dream World AU, taken on a private tour of the Big Brother House and visiting their top attractions.
Above: Tatjana and I wearing Triangl Swimwear bikinis, lying on our 'The Beach People Towel'.
We were delighted to meet up with Fitness and Health Guru Camilla Akerburg! Where we then headed out for dinner, dessert and drinks. After a few days on the Gold Coast Tatjana sadly had to leave for Melbourne, we had such a great time together we were sad to say goodbye so soon. Luckily, and presumably - I of course ended up joining her in Melbourne! We arrived and were greeted by Skinny Me Tea Social Media Manager, Sarra Essa, who showed us the most amazing hospitality!
Wearing: Herve Ledger Dress and Miu Miu Heels, Tatjana wears Sisters the Label Playsuit
After having a few fun days at the Gold Coast and around beautiful Melbourne, our next stop was Sydney!
I’ve always wanted to have my print on a product that is my own. A lot of what I do with my designs are collaborations with other companies, artists and designers; so for me this bag was a very special piece.
This custom BRITT LASPINA Beach Bag features a unique pastel hand water colour painted print. The bag is made from a strong canvas material and is 100% Australian Hand Made.
Above: Tatjana Catic wearing The Britt Laspina Beach Bag (Sold Out)
The piece, can be pre ordered in advance as it is now currently sold out. I can’t wait to share with you all new pieces I release.
These pieces resonate with me deeply. They are my symbolic reminder, to experiment, not only with design styles, but with design mediums as well. It all started late one night after dinner and drinks, I returned home and decided to start creating. As you may have already noticed, they are not symmetrical, nor do they embody any qualities of my usual line work.
I assume that the differentiating qualities that the pieces hold, unlike other works of mine, are what makes them so unique to me. I really do love most things floral, including surrounding my workspace with fresh flowers from the Farmers Markets. I can't wait to create more pieces like these two, free flowing and easy on the eye.
Love Britt xx
I absolutely loved my visit to Cairns a few months ago. I visited a close friend of mine, Jacqui (who I mentioned in one of my last posts) She is lucky enough to live on the esplanade, which made afternoon walks that much easier.
We decided to go to Fitzroy Island, which is only a short boat ride away from the Cairns Ferry Terminal. It was very beautiful, however we were unable to swim due to the “Stinger season”. Travelers Tip: Wear shoes on the beach! The coral is certainly no sand.
Above: Wearing my Print and Textile Design for Sabo Skirt.
Flatlay featuring my phone case design for The Dairy and my Textile Design for Sabo Skirt.
Walking along the beach wearing Seafolly Swimwear and Sunglasses.
The next day we drove to Palm Cove, which is about a half an hour drive from Cairns. It was a nice change of scenery and I found the palms very cool. These trees are located at the very end of the strip of shops along the road. Swimming is not great, unless you are a fan of staying within the nets. If I was in the area, I would definitely come back here.
ROSE LEAF LOVE
This print entitled Rose Leaf Love was inspired by all the pretty pastels I saw whilst in Morocco and the pattern from the side of a cathedral I saw in Florence. I am a big lover of symmetry, and the amount of line work in this image represents that.
Flat Lay Credits: Prada Shoe, Kate Spade Clutch, Vinatge Necklace.
This mixed media print was originally a photograph taken over the balcony in my Riad while in Marrakech, Morocco. At the time, I had no idea why or what it was going to be; however what I did know is that it was going to be a special capture. The pink that you see was originally a burnt orange, which was the colour of the walls.
Flat Lay Credits: Prada Clutch, Marni Necklace.
This print is a subtle combination of watercolour line and shape work, hand painted it proves to be subtle yet chic. Mint Mosaics, a name again taken from my time in Morocco is represented in this print by it’s colours and design. I saw so many simple repeat patterns that I had to include one in this collection.
Sunlit Souks is a watercolour print that represents the feeling I had when walking through the streets and souks in Marrakech. I wanted to show how warm it was through the blurred line effect you see within the watercolour detailing.
Flat Lay Credits: Ralph Lauren Heel, YSL Clutch
The name “Citrus Charm” came from the amount of zesty meals I had whilst in Marrakech, in combination with all of the snake charmers in the middle of the Medina. A lot of my work is made from a variety of mediums, wether it be water colours and ink pens or acrylic pants and oils.. so for me, I felt it only natural to combine two different influences into one name for this Watercolour Print.
Flat Lay Credits: Kate Spade Clutch, Cat Hammill Bangle.
The name Riad Riots comes from the level of absolute chaos in the streets I saw everyday. I thought this print was a great fit for that, while it is symmetrical, there is still a lot going on, and I think that is represented by the human eye not knowing where the main focus is found initially.
Flat Lay Credits: Lanvin Boots, Chanel Perfum and Make up.
I was so excited to have a collection with The Dairy. Owner Cam, is such a friendly, professional and easy going guy. I wanted to create a collection that had something in it for everyone; and while it wasn’t easy, I managed to do it. Fun Fact: Each case is printed in Australia!
Some time ago I attended The Kerrie Hess for Wintergarden Event. Kerrie's style, sucsessful commercialism and many years of experience in the industry are all huge inspirations to me.
Pictured Above is one of the dozen prints I designed for Australian Label Sabo Skirt. This Britt Laspina print was originally hand painted, using three different watercolours.
I remember the day I started painting this design, I was just playing around and not really expecting anything to come from it. Those are the projects that always turn out the best for me.
Client Sabo Skirt managed to stretch the print out over a number of different styles and products. I later purchased many of these items off their website to feature in my samples collection. I learnt from this, that every collaboration is a learning experience.
After we returned from Europe I had some exciting projects to look forward to.
This Pineapple print was one of the first Watercolour Paintings I ever did. I never imaged it being on Fabric, or even yet, being sold to a future client. A special original illustration it is, that turned out to appear in front of many more people than myself.
Above Photos: Models Sheridyn fisher and Renee Somerfield wear the Pineapple Print for Client Sabo Skirt in Bali.
Above Photo: Wearing the Sabo Skirt Playsuit in my Studio, wearing Sonia Rykiel Heels, Hermes and Hardy Brothers Jewels. Taken by the talented Fashion Photographer Bonnie Cee.
It feels like forever ago that I turned 21. I chose to celebrate in a private room at Belvedere Bar & Grill at Portside Warf, Brisbane.
I want to thank my beautiful mother Francesca, for helping me have such a special day and for finding my amazing couture Ana Sekularac dress all the way from Harrods, London.
Above: My Gorgeous Best Friend Jacqui, she supports me every step of the way.
My beautiful Vanilla Buttercream Birthday Cake with Raspberry Swirl Frosting! Such a hit. I also want to thank Alicia Chirizzi for the most stunning flower arrangements! These fresh blooms made our home so beautiful for Christmas.
We drove to St Moritz in Switzerland from Milan. After hours of magical adventure, we arrived to a beautiful town, filled with cobblestone streets and falling snow flakes. Pictured above, I am standing in front of the 100 year old Swiss Bakery.
After exploring the town, we were so excited to start our skiing experience. If I am being honest, I spent more time at the Audi Quatro Bar sipping hot chocolate than I did on the slopes. At first I despised it, the boots were heavy and the visibility poor. That does not take away how breath taking it was to be up so high, feeling as though I was on the edge of the world.
We were lucky enough to meet an old man named Willy, a medical engineer with the most intriguing life stories. Willy had been visiting St Mortiz for the past 50 years in a row. He walked us down to the frozen lake, a scary and thrilling experience it was to be walking on a bed of ice.
My mother Francesca, rocking her latest KENZO purchase while roaming the streets. We absolutely loved St Mortiz, it was the highlight of our three month long european holiday.
After arriving in Nice we walked to the pier and chose a beachside restaurant to have lunch. We had little choice as it was winter and not everything was open, however I couldn’t complain one bit with our decision!
For starters, we ordered Calamari & Artichoke Salad along with The famous Nicoise Salad. It was so delicious! Mains included, Spaghetti Vongelli and Veal Cutlet, my parents absolute favourite. It is safe to say we ordered these meals in every town we went to, each embodying different flavours with succinct similarities in texture.
We woke up the next morning and drove to Monte Carlo, Monaco. One step onto the streets and I could already see what I was expecting, pure luxury. After some walking, we found ourselves at the most amazing shopping centre. It was Christmas time, so the decor was even more beautiful than ordinarily. I was thrilled to be walking by such beautiful stores, it didn't take me long for a bold pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Heels to catch my eye, I loved them so much I had to stop and take a snap! Who knows when I would next see them again.
From Morocco, we flew into Milan for an adventurous road trip. First stop.. The Italian Coast! We drove into Portofino, and enjoyed a beautiful walk from our hotel to sample their amazing cuisine.
I was so inspired by all of the coloured buildings, I had never seen anything like it in my life. Thankfully it was winter, and we really were the only tourists in site. Such a great way to see the coast without all of the hoards, yet not as magical.
We then drove to The Cinque Terre, and rode the train to see what each of the five towns had to offer. Next Stop…. Nice, France.